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Velominatus: Chica

Order: Level 3 Velominatus

Location: winter park, fl

Chica was the name given to me by a local pro when I first started working, wide-eyed and naive, at my local bike shop. It spread like wildfire. Years later, there are still people that have no idea what my given name is. That's kind of awesome. Currently, I'm a cycling photographer. It took a severe back injury for me to get into cycling. With gymnastics being too high impact, I needed a new sport to throw myself into. I'm way too into road, and I have a freakish memory when it comes to race results. Some may say that's a bad thing, but I'm pretty sure none of those people are Velominati.

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I’m getting too old and cranky for all this race schedule changing. I know they already did this last year and presumably I had the same gripings then, but Lombardia is supposed to close out the season and I’m downright angry that Paris-Tours is closing out the books now; it only seems right that one of the most beautiful races should...

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  1. Ride like hell for leather, boys. VSP PICKS: 1. Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Alberto Contador 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Fabio Aru »

You can only spend so much time with the Schlecks before you start talking like them, and the fabulous Fabs seems to have crossed the threshold. I’ve heard more complaining from him this season than I have talk about pushing harder on the pedals or going steady up with more speed or going full gas like everyone else, but just doing it for ...

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  1. @frank Ha!  This might be my favorite one yet!  Chapeau, sir. VSP PICKS: 1. Simon Gerrans 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Peter Sagan 4. John Degenkolb 5. Sylvain Chavanel »

  2. Ride like hell for leather, boys! As much as I’d love to see Fabs do the arc-en-ciel justice in the Classics, I think he’s going to suffer from Schleckitis – not enough training, too much whinging, or an unfortunate mechanical.  Gerro has had an inspired… »

This is big. This is the race that decides the arc-en-ciel  jersey for the next year. It is the best looking jersey. It carries the most baggage. It also brings the most respect. The World Championship is a circuit race of attrition. In Ponferrada Spain it’s an 182 km loop done seven times, with a total of 2142 m of climbing. Is it a climber...

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  1. Still can’t get over that awful crash in the TTT.  I was shocked to see Vos dropped, but she missed the carnage, so blessing in disguise?  Hoping for a speedy recovery for the injured, and that Vos rides like a woman possessed. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vo… »

Did everyone got tired of seeing a nearly naked Marcel Kittel on the massage table for the Tour’s VSP page? I know I didn’t. Young Kennaugh will be sporting his British road race jersey and his proper shoe/sock pairing in this Vuelta. Get used to it. Ladies and gentleman we have a race. We have some Giro winners, we have some Tour...

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  1. Take two… VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Rigoberto Uran 3. Fabio Aru 4. Chris Froome 5. Wilco Kelderman »

  2. Login doesn’t seem to be working, so I hope this counts. 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Rigoberto Uran 3. Fabio Aru 4. Chris Froome 5. Wilco Kelderman No clue – most of these guys are tired, injured, haven’t raced, or they/their teams will quit halfway th… »

The race of the funny hat.Every team seems to have included one or two riders fresh off the Tour. One would either feel ruined or unbeatable a week after that slug fest, more than likely, ruined. I imagine there are a few riders dodging calls from their directors this week. Continue reading...

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  1. Holy shit – I made the podium! Perhaps I need to say “Oh, fuck it” and just enter random names more often.  It certainly never works out this well for me when I actually put some thought into it.  Celebratory beer tonight! »

  2. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Philippe Gilbert 3. Peter Sagan 4. Zdenek Stybar 5. Tony Gallopin »

Attention all Velominati. The Tour VSP is going on line and it should be a good one. Sure, between Froomy and Bertie a person could hedge their bets but Moviestar is all in for Valverde, BMC for TeeJay, Astana for the Shark and Garmin is finally committing to a team leader in Talansky. Some other teams (ahem…Trek Factory Racing for one) have...

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  1. Hmm… been having problems with the site lately, and not sure this worked the first time… Rest day swaps.  Froome and Bertie out, Piti and DJ Tejay in. VSP PICKS (1st Rest Day Swaps): 1. Vincenzo Nibali 2. Alejandro Valverde 3. Tejay van Garderen 4. B… »

  2. Total crapshoot… almost don’t want to pick favorites since they seem to be dropping like flies. I always feel a little dirty picking Piti.  Like I’ve done something very very wrong, and am about to be punished. »

  3. Wanted to defend my stellar VSP position last year and get into the prizes this year, but that’s clearly not going to happen.  Fuckfuckfuck.  Still a bit pissed about the inadvertent Delgado, but it can be freeing knowing that there is no pressure to do w… »

  4. @scaler911 Ha!  Oh, it’s so true.  He really does stare at them all the time.  Think he’s feeling inadequate?  Love the one where he’s looking at a stem and doing a Cadel impression. »

Why are women’s races run concurrently with men’s races? I would get it if it was the women’s Tour de France, but I don’t get it when it is the women’s Giro in July. Since the Tour de Swiss there has been a lack of stage racing (in my TV watching schedule) and seemingly a perfect time to present a women’s stage r...

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  1. What’s with the conflicting info on the VSP?  I Delgado’d Suisse and now the Giro Rosa due to conflicting banners.  At the top of my refreshed page, I still seem to have 1D 13H 59M til closing on the Giro Rosa, yet the spot to enter picks at the bottom sa… »

For the simple reason that the Cobbled and Ardennes Classics are behind us, I have not alternative but to get back on my soap box about the Giro being the best of the three Grand Tours. Well, usually, at least. Last year’s race sucked the big one (even if it was supremely Rule #9), but for the most part it is the race that is the most c...

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  1. Shots in the dark. VSP PICKS: 1. Nairo Quintana 2. Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver 3. Rigoberto Uran 4. Michele Scarponi 5. Domenico Pozzovivo »

  2. @unversio Oh, good lord.  So gorgeous.  Understated and elegant, and ready to kick ass. »

The 100th running of Liège-Bastogne-Liège takes place this Sunday. Danny-boy Martin will be marked heavily as the defending champion. Malmerde, and Phil Gil have shown they are peaking too. Froomy has thrown his hat into the ring, as he did last year but after last years 26th place, maybe it’s training. 263 kms, past winners include a long...

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  1. Shots in the dark… VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Daniel Martin 3. Michal Kwiatkowski 4. Philippe Gilbert 5. Bauke Mollema »

Midweek in Belgium in Spring is a wonderful thing. Hordes of people come from seemingly nowhere to fill the bars and line the roadsides when presumably they’d usually be working, or at school, or some such. That the only ones who appear to be working are the bartenders and frites dispensers reinforces my belief that Belgium is the greatest co...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Philippe Gilbert 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Alejandro Valverde 4. Daniel Moreno 5. Bauke Mollema »

Wednesday sees the return of the women to the VSP. More notably, we see the return of Marianne Vos to the road. She’s won this race five of the last seven years. It makes me wonder if the rest of the field have already resigned themselves to racing for second. On the other hand, Vos hasn’t been racing of late and may not be as sharp as...

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  1. I am completely incapable of choosing anyone other than Vos for the win. VSP PICKS: 1. Marianne Vos 2. Emma Johansson 3. Ellen van Dijk 4. Evelyn Stevens 5. Elizabeth Armitstead »

The Amstel Gold Race, 251 km from Maastricht to Valkenburg, the hard way. There appears to be no flat sections longer than ten meters. There are thirty-four mean little climbs to ruin the legs. We have moved on from the real Spring Classics. There is no rest in this VSP; The Ronde and Roubaix were amazing but we must continue. Legs that are smoked...

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  1. Picking Piti always makes me feel dirty. VSP PICKS: 1. Alejandro Valverde 2. Michal Kwiatkowski 3. Philippe Gilbert 4. Joaquím Rodríguez 5. Roman Kreuziger »

It has been a brutal week for us Keepers, having decided not to hold a Keepers Tour this year. Watching the action from half a world away has been almost too much for us to bear, and I know most of the participants from last year must be feeling similarly. On Sunday, we would be escorted by our friends and guides, William and Alex of Pavé Cycling...

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  1. Roubaix is my redemption race.  Come on, lads!  I need the points! VSP PICKS: 1. Fabian Cancellara 2. Tom Boonen 3. Sep Vanmarcke 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

This needs no introduction. The Spring Classics are truly upon us. The course has been modified yet again, it is tougher? The riders make the race and the 2014 Ronde van Vlaanderen is loaded with racers who could win or make the Velominati VSP placings. Just to pick the winner will not be nearly as easy as it has been recently. There are small clo...

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  1. Can’t seem to find the fantastic VSP karma from last year.  A roll of the dice, and here we go. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Tom Boonen 4. Geraint Thomas 5. Sep Vanmarcke »

Vlaanderen. Its no accident the Flemish word for Flanders starts with a V; there is nothing simple or easy about riding a bike here. If it isn’t wind, its steep bergs. If it isn’t tarmac, its cobbles. Most of the time, its all three. Oh, and the weather there sucks. In fact, Flanders doesn’t have weather – it has VVeather.De...

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  1. Total crapshoot, but here’s hoping. VSP PICKS: 1. Emma Johansson 2. Eleonora Van Dijk 3. Lucinda Brand 4. Loes Gunnewijk 5. Elizabeth Armitstead »

The Kemmelberg is a brute. In my opinion, its the hardest of the cobbled climbs in the Spring Classics; it has a high speed tarmac approach that saps the guns of their snap. The transition from tarmac to cobbles is awful, the stones are very badly laid throughout and if you don’t hit it just right, you’ll come to a standstill. The cobbl...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Peter Sagan 2. Fabian Cancellara 3. Tom Boonen 4. Edvald Boasson Hagen 5. Greg Van Avermaet »

This is the kick off of the VSP for women’s racing, though the women have already kicked it off with the Ronde van Drenthe in the Netherlands. Now it’s down to Northern Italy, Varese, by Lago Maggiore, but this is a climbers course, more in the mountains than by the lake. And yes, Sunday is also Gent-Wevelgem for women but Trofeo is par...

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  1. VSP PICKS: 1. Elisa Longo Borghini 2. Emma Johansson 3. Eleonora Van Dijk 4. Giorgia Bronzini 5. Loes Gunnewijk »

Het Volk (it will always be Het Volk to me) and now the Strade Bianche may well mark the sentimental beginning to the season, but those are specialized, pre-season races that appeal mostly to riders who are preparing for bigger objectives later in the year, such as the Cobbled or Ardennes Classics. Same goes for Tirreno Adriatico and Paris-Nice; t...

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  1. Finally, the season has properly begun – the return of fantastic racing and the VSP! The prizes are amazing, but truth be told, I was fighting tooth and nail for just the apron last year.  Seriously going to step up my game.  Come on lads, and earn me so… »